11 Lady Barons earn GACC postseason honors
Brewton-Parker College's most successful fast-pitch softball season yielded 11 Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference honors in three categories for 11 members of the Lady Barons.
Three players, second baseman Ali Furgala and pitchers Lyndsay Gomme and Kelly Hamilton, made the All-Conference Team.
Three more players earned All-Academic Team selections, including third baseman-catcher Alissa Vogt and catcher Jaime Murrant for the second straight year. Utility player Amanda San U also made the academic list.
Five Lady Barons were named to the All-Freshman Team: shortstop Rachael Harper, left fielder April Meeks, third baseman Kelly Phillips, center fielder Ashley Todd and pitcher Emily Woodard.
Brewton-finished the season with a 34-15 overall record with a program-best 9-11 conference mark for a fourth-place GACC finish.
The Lady Barons were eliminated from the postseason tournament at Montgomery, Ala., in two games, falling 3-0 to Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) 3-0 and 4-1 to eventual runner-up Faulkner University (Ala.).
Four of the Lady Barons' honorees, two each from the All-Conference and All-Academic teams, are from Kelowna, British Columbia.
Furgala, a senior from Kelowna, was a repeat All-Conference selection.
In the Lady Barons' first 38 games, Furgala had a .397 batting average with a slugging percentage of .595 with team-leading figures of 46 hits, 34 runs batted in, two home runs (co-leader with two others), four triples and nine doubles (co-leader with Meeks). Among regulars, Furgala had a team-high fielding percentage of .969 with only three errors in 98 attempts.
Hamilton, a junior from Fergus, Ontario, was pitching staff's wins leader with a 13-7 record entering the GACC tournament. Through 17 appearances, she had a 1.39 earned-run average with 65 hits allowed and 92 strikeouts in 85-1/3 innings.
Gomme, a senior also from Kelowna, was 11-5 for the regular season, with a 2.03 ERA in her first 16 appearances with 10 complete games. Gomme allowed 66 hits and also had 92 strikeouts in 86 innings.
Vogt, a senior from Kelowna, made the All-Academic list with a 3.90 grade point average in biology. An All-Conference selection as a junior, Vogt batted .302 in her first 33 games this year with 29 hits and 10 RBI and a team-high 155 putouts as part of a .989 fielding percentage.
Murrant, a junior also from Kelowna, has a 3.54 GPA as an education major and was hitting .268 with 27 hits and 15 RBI in her first 33 games this spring.
San U, a sophomore from Watkinsville, is a biology major with a 3.50 GPA. San U was hitting .250 through 13 games with three RBI.
Meeks, a native of Pembroke, led the five Lady Barons who made the GACC's All-Freshmen Team with a .343 batting average through 37 games (all starts) with 22 RBI and 34 hits that included nine doubles. Her fielding percentage was .951 with just four errors in 81 attempts.
Harper, who hails from Brunswick, also started the Lady Barons' first 37 games with a batting average of .278 with two home runs and 25 RBI with a fielding percentage of .903.
Phillips, from Mount Vernon, was hitting .267 with 11 RBI and had a fielding percentage of .975 in her first 25 games.
Todd, a Claxton resident, batted .300 through her first 31 games with 13 RBI, a team-leading 20 stolen bases and two home runs.
Woodard, a native of Adairsville, compiled a 5-0 pitching record through the regular season. In her first nine appearances, Woodard had a 3.05 ERA through 20-2/3 innings with 25 hits allowed and 14 strikeouts.
Members and coaches of the Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons softball team: (front row, from left) Emily Woodard, Ashley Todd, Kendra Sewell, Ali Furgala, Jessica Williams, Rachael Harper, Nicole Behning, Lyndsay Gomme, Kelly Hamilton, Amanda San U, (back row) Coach Jason Bryant, April Meeks, Ashleigh Marr, Jaime Murrant, Stacie Norton, Aislyn MacLeod, Alissa Vogt, Kelly Phillips, Rebecca Thompson, Kellie Foskey, Student Assistant Jason Teal and Student Assistant Joel Kramer.